“Visiting North Korea raises many dilemmas for people from an ethical perspective” highlights Tad Farrell, the founder of NKnews. Indeed, some commentators and observers have criticized the tourist program of North Korea. They make the following arguments: 1) That it supports a dictatorial regime with money and their oppressive activities, and 2)that it finances North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Consequentially, the subject of visiting North Korea has became a controversial and interesting element of public debate. This given debate reached its height notably in late 2013 when former NBA star Dennis Rodman famously visited the country, an episode which attracted worldwide media attention.
“Tourism gives money and props up oppressive activities of the North Korean government”
“you interact with so many people both directly and indirectly who are supported by your custom. For example, restaurant staff who would clearly find it more difficult without work. We believe supporting tourism is a positive way of spending money and the benefits of visiting and understanding the country and then perhaps helping with aid etc”- Hannah Barraclough, Koryo Tours